UniversumFilm AG best known by its signature logo, Ufa was once the largest, most exciting movie company in Europe. Founded by the German High Command as a propaganda medium during World War I, and always central to Germany's nationalistic bigbusiness interests, Ufa was also home to the most innovative talents of the Weimar Republic. Fritz Lang, Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, and Ernst Lubitsch were Ufa stars; Metropolis, The Blue Angel, and Dr. Mabuse were only a few of its finest works.From its dazzling theaters, to its stateoftheart studios and processing labs, from its comprehensive multimedia publicity campaigns to its avantgarde art films, Ufa challenged Hollywood for cultural dominance and market share in Jazz Age Europe. But the story grows darker after the simultaneous advent of sound films and National Socialism. The story of Ufa under Hitler, when technically superb films continued to be made, is the story of the corruption and destruction of this vital company by the state that had brought it into existence.